Sunday, June 7, 2015

Purple Carrot Review v2.0

A few weeks ago, I posted about The Purple Carrot, which is a vegan meal [ingredient] delivery service. According to their website, it's "All the raw, pre-measured ingredients and recipes you need to cook healthy, delicious vegan meals and snacks at home - just $59, delivered!" As I noted in my previous post, I was skeptical of the value of these ingredient delivery services, but I've found they do a good job of forcing me to eat healthier. This is the third time I've ordered from TPC, and each time I used a 50% off promo code. In that case, for $30, you get the ingredients to make two four-serving meals and a snack. On sale, I feel like it's slightly cheaper than going to the grocery store, plus it's pre-measured and shows up at my apartment.

My complaint the past two times I've ordered was that the recipes weren't well tested and the food didn't taste exceptionally good. I might be getting better at choosing (you select two meals out of four offerings), but I was much happier with the meals this time.

First up, Quinoa Power Bowl with Adzuki and Spinach:

This was quinoa, adzuki beans, roasted sweet potatoes, and spinach, with a dill cashew cream sauce, topped with almonds. The recipe is pretty self explanatory. As written, it made four servings at 726 calories each. I divided it up into eight servings instead, since I've been trying to eat smaller meals.

This is a solidly nutritious meal and it's amazingly delicious. I will definitely be making it again, though I'll add more spinach and sweet potatoes next time. But seriously, it's so delicious!!! 

Next up, Speedy Teriyaki Noodles:

This is another fairly  simple recipe, with brown rice noodles, carrots, celery, broccoli and edamame in a teriyaki sauce, garnished with green onions and sesame seeds. It came together pretty quickly, and again, I made the four servings into six.

This is good. It's not great and keeping with my normal complaint, the recipe should have been better tested because the carrots were undercooked by adding them at the end. But it's still fairly tasty and was quick and easy to make. 

I didn't take any pictures of the snack, Blueberry Chocolate Trail Mix Bark. It's exactly what it sounds like -- dried blueberries, peanuts and pretzels with melted chocolate chips. I made this into 12 breakfast servings and it's so delicious. Every morning, I consider eating a second piece because I just want more salty, sweet, crunchy, chewy chocolate. It's a recipe from Robin Robertson, so I wisely trusted that one. 

Here's the total haul: 12 breakfasts, eight lunches and six dinners for $29.50 and a few hours of cooking.

Oh, and an hour of cleaning up the kitchen. I normally attempt to clean-as-I-go, but I severely slacked this time. Ooops:

After three times, I stand by my opinion that The Purple Carrot is a great value when you can find a promo code and it's a good way to ensure you'll eat healthy food if you don't have a ton of time or energy (you still need SOME to cook everything, but you'll save the meal planning and grocery shopping step).

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